This week what's making me happy is a retro-styled iPad game, a really great memoir, and a little bit of blue-eyed soul:
- Thursday night I finished playing Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, a great little point-and-click-style adventure game for iOS devices. From beginning to end, everything about this game is just beautiful. The pixel-style art is deceptively simple, and impressive in how gorgeous a setting it creates with such a rough brush. Then there's the music, which is by turns playful and haunting--this is a game that must be played with headphones or a good set of speakers for the full effect. There's both humor and gravitas in this game, and although it only took me a few hours to get through, I found it a profoundly compelling experience. At $4.99 in the iTunes App Store, it's a bargain. (I should note, it's not really for kids.)
- I've been reading Michael Chabon's Manhood for Amateurs for the past few weeks, and it's just fantastic. I got it from a friend of mine as a birthday present; she told me that it reminded her of my writing. Having read almost all of it now, I see that for the tremendous compliment it is, though I have to say I think it's undeserved--Chabon is a far better writer than I even hope to be. Still, I get why she said it, as reading through Chabon's anecdotes and essays, it sometimes feels like he's saying exactly what I would want to say, only better. As a father, husband, and son, there's so much I can relate to in this book, and he writes it in a way that makes me not only understand him, but understand myself a little better, too. I highly recommend it.
- Finally, I have to say, having Ray Lamontagne's "You Are the Best Thing" come up first on my MP3 player during my morning drive today, that was an excellent way to start the day: